The rush to judgment in Baltimore

It’s easy to decry the actions of the rioters or the authorities. It's harder to put yourselves in their shoes.

Police push back a protester in Baltimore.
(Image credit: (AP Photo/Matt Rourke))

Unlike Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, I am not a lifelong resident of Baltimore.

I know the city barely at all: from friends, from The Wire, from occasional visits up the parkway to Camden Yards and the Inner Harbor, from glimpses through the curtained windows of an Acela train as it chugs north to Philadelphia.

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